Equipment donation provides training boost

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Practical training for Challenger TAFE students entering the oil and gas industry received a major boost with the recent donation of two remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from Esso Australia.

The use of unmanned robotic ROVs for exploration and maintenance in deep water and remote areas has become integral to offshore operations in the industry.

The course coordinator in ROV pilot training at the College, Bill Evans, said the new equipment gave students the opportunity to hone their skills in a hands-on environment.

“These ROVs will be an incredibly effective way of providing higher-level technical training to our students,” he said.

“It’s obviously a huge advantage to be able to train pilots in a way that mirrors actual industry practice.

“Thanks must go to Rick Glanville and Tim Goold at Esso for their efforts in securing the approvals and organising the logistics to get them here from Victoria.”

According to Luke Musgrave, Esso’s Vice President LNG (Australia), the College’s ROV pilot training was integral to the industry’s future.

"Now more than ever, hands-on training plays a vital role in oil & gas exploration and production. Esso is extremely pleased to support Challenger TAFE’s quality training by donating the equipment for use in their ROV program.”

Challenger TAFE Managing Director, Liz Harris, welcomed the donation and emphasised the importance of training partnerships between the College and leading industry organisation.

“This generous donation will greatly expand our training capacity in this specialist area,” she said.

“Partnerships with companies such as Esso provide critical support in delivering training that meets the current and future needs of industry.”

As the longest established and only accredited College training ROV pilots, Challenger TAFE recently welcomed its first female trainee.

Gina Centa, an ex-navy submariner, found the course “interesting and challenging” and was confident that her training on the new ROV’s would lead to a rewarding career in the offshore oil and gas industry.

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